Though swamped with a myriad of concerns over his district in Caloocan City, Councilor Ricojudge Janvier “RJ” Echiverri manages to enjoy some down time by watching movies.
The 36-year-old politician recently confessed to the entertainment press that he’s an “addict” when it comes to local films. The interest, however, took a little while to develop.
“I’m not really a fan of Filipino movies then, then eventually naadik na 'ko,” he said.
His top choices are John Lloyd Cruz films where he is paired with either Sarah Geronimo or Bea Alonzo.
“I have my own TV inside the car. Hindi ho ako nanonood ng foreign movies kasi nag-iisip ka pa eh. When I started watching ‘yung kay John Lloyd and Sarah, dumire-diretso na ‘yan. From Lloydy to Bea and Sarah – inaabangan ko na ‘yung third movie (nila),” he gamely related.
Lloydy and Sarah have reunited in the movie “It Takes A Man And A Woman” – four years after their second film “You Changed My Life.”
His support for Filipino films isn’t limited to watching them, though. The son of incumbent Caloocan Mayor Recom Echiverri also wishes to aid that side of the entertainment industry should he be elected in his father’s position – in his third term, to be exact – which the latter will vacate soon.
“Nagpunta sa akin one time si Mr. Leo Martinez, para doon sa sinasabing tax incentive that we should be giving to the movie industry… But we’re saying to Mr. Martinez na nasunog po ‘yung Gotesco Grand Central so wala kaming sinehan na puwedeng singilin... But rest assured once Gotesco Grand Central or SM will build their own movie house in Caloocan, we will honor the agreement (with) the association. It will help further boost the movie industry,” he explained.
Recall that the Ever Gotesco Grand Central mall burned down March 2012. It took four days before the blaze was extinguished.
In holding a press conference with entertainment writers March 22, RJ related, “Sabi lang sa’kin ng mga handlers ko at campaign managers ko na it’s about time na you open yourself with the entertainment press.”
RJ, the National President of the Liga ng mga Barangay sa Pilipinas (the vice president of which is actor-public servant Jolo Revilla), feels challenged to provide and sustain the basic needs of his constituents especially for schools and hospitals.